Undefeated Eagles win their first Atlantic-Sun Championship title - Mar 5, 2012
The top-seeded FGCU Eagles downed No. 2 Stetson Hatters, 67-39, to finish their undefeated run through the Atlantic Sun season in the 2012 General Shale Women's Basketball Championship. The 28-point margin of victory in the championship final is the third-largest in finals history. FGCU (29-2) followed an 18-0 regular-season conference slate with three tournament wins by a combined margin of victory of 67, which is the most since FIU won by a combined 103 points in 1998. The 29 wins are tied for the conference record with FIU in the 1997-98 season. The Eagles are only the second team in conference history to post an undefeated regular season and claim the tournament title with FIU completing the feat in 1993 after a 12-0 regular season. FGCU now awaits its seeding for the NCAA Tournament where it will be making its first-ever appearance in its first year of eligibility. A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year and First Team All-Conference member, Sarah Hansen led the Eagles in scoring with 16 points on four three-pointers. She added three rebounds, three assists and three steals to garner the Tournament Most Valuable Player title. All-Academic member Courtney Chihil chipped in 15 points to push her career total over 1,000 points and earn All-Tournament Team honors. Senior Eglah Griffin added 11 points and four rebounds in the final to join Hansen and Chihil on the team. All-Freshman Team member, Whitney Knight, posted nine points, six rebounds and a game-high three blocks to give FGCU four student-athletes on the All-Tournament Team. With 335 three-pointers this season, the Eagles are only five away from tying the NCAA single-season record of 340, which is held by the 2009-10 Morehead State squad. Stetson's Victoria McGowan, the 2012 A-Sun Player of the Year, led all scorers with 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The junior guard grabbed the Hatters' spot on the All-Tournament Team after also posting a triple-double in the semifinal contest vs. Jacksonville. McGowan joined Chihil in passing the 1,000-point plateau for her career in the game. The Eagles, who lead the nation in three-point field goals made at 10.8, hit 11 triples against the Hatters. Six of the three-pointers came in the first half to help the Eagles to a 35-23 advantage. Chihil and McGowan tied for the halftime lead in points with 10. FGCU's largest advantage in the contest came with 1:37 in the second half when the Eagles upped the score to 67-39 where it remained for rest of the game. Courtesy of Atlantic Sun
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